Popular Yoruba activist Sunday Igboho has raised alarm over plots by the Nigerian army to eliminate Biafran people. He warned the federal government to desist from attacking South East.
This was contained in a press statement issued by his spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, On Monday, stating that any attack against Biafra should be considered an attack against the Yoruba, promising to mobilize his followers to defend the Eastern region.
“We would like to inform the federal government of Nigeria that any attack on the South East is an attack on the Yorubas.
“Biafra(n) people have been targeted by the Nigerian army, and any further attacks on them, we would have no other options than to support our brothers and sisters in Biafra land,” Igboho said.
However, the military denied reports of attacks in the South East. Capt IIiya Dauda, Army Deputy Director of Information, charged the groups to produce evidence of the said shoot-on-sight order.
He advised people against public utterances based on rumours as he said such was capable of sparking unnecessary crisis in the country.
Meanwhile, a communique jointly signed by the National President of the forum, Archbishop Princewil Ariwodo and the National Secretary, Dr Joseph Adiele, asked the presidency to immediately reverse the order.
The communique made partly reads:
“The Presidency should immediately rescind such divisive and inciting orders to shoot Igbo youths protesters on sight, and the evil motivated postings of the core Muslim military commanders to the South East without further delay.
“That; youths arrested should, henceforth, be charged and given a fair trial at the court of competent jurisdiction, while others who met their untimely death through the gruesome assassination and extra-judicial killings should be accounted for, the perpetrators punished in line with the constitution of the country.
“Igbo youths and men are erroneously arrested and labeled IPOB members without a fair hearing and killed like a chicken without trial om a competent court of law.
“A case point is Mazi Eze Anwurum arrested in Aba. Worse still is the assassination of innocent lady Miss Uchechi Eyioma, at Obigbo after tagging her IPOB member”.
The Abia Elders’ forum expressed full support for the pragmatic efforts of Ohaneze Ndigbo towards averting the impending genocide against the Igbo race, and in championing the Igbo cause.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News | May 19, 2021